[My Gang] Scissor Sisters : Invisible Light : Reco of the Week 29 June 2010


29 juin 2010, 17h12m

Track: Invisible Light
Artist: Scissor Sisters
Album: Night Work
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This week's reco comes from my album of the week, the third release from the Scissor Sisters, Night Work. Final track Invisible Light closes the album with over 6 minutes of euphoria, sealing it with a smacker of a mwah, making you want to play the whole thing again.

The whole is a party circa sometime in the late 70s and early 80s in New York city. Scattered throughout are little touches and references that bring to mind any number of artists of that era. So far, I've heard Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Bee Gees, Sparks, Kraftwerk, Gary Numan, ABBA when they updated their sound, Prince, Bronski Beat...

(Photo by Robert Mapplethorpe, 1980, ballet dancer Peter Reed)

Produced by Stuart Price, Night Work draws a line under the less successful Ta-Dah and brings us back to the phenomenon that was their debut, Scissor Sisters. Darker in sound, Night Work may not be as dazzling but it complements it nicely. Lyrics are lusty and salacious, aimed solely at adults and clubbing. Guests include Helen Terry on Whole New Way, Kylie Minogue on Any Which Way, and Santigold on Running Out.

Ana Matronic might describe Invisible Light as "a magical song" but user comments here in Last.fm cut to the chase and state the obvious - that it's like a gay 'Thriller', and indeed it is, with the 'Thriller'-style dialogue from Sir Ian McKellen (aka Gandalf).

(Sexual gladiators! Image source: The Guardian)

The track begins all quiet Pink Floyd guitar, quickly shifting to Giorgio Moroder and Donna Summer. A false calm before the storm via Madonna Ray of Light before introducing Sir Ian McKellen to scare the kiddies with his scary voice. We are commanded to "Come to the light! Into the light. The invisible light". From the relative calm of the spoken word, the music starts to build and build until all hell breaks loose as the the track and album race to the finishing line, trailing wigs, glitter and platforms in their wake. Fabulous.

I was delighted to find someone has put together a great video for the track featuring clips from Michael Jackson's Thriller video along with "some cool nature shots and other random stuff." (above)

Fitting too because it was the one year anniversary of Jackson's passing last Friday. The world remembered and tributes were paid at Glastonbury.

Scissor Sisters were one of the highlights at this year's Glastonbury festival, held over the weekend. Kylie joined them for Any Which Way. Watch it here. UK viewers can watch some of the set on the BBC iPlayer.

Kylie in thigh-high disco mirrored boots, a 'cheeky' album cover, sexy dirty naughty lyrics and cheesy dance moves, the album picks us up on Friday night after work to take us to a never-ending party that started in 1977 and nothing bad ever happened ever after. The end.


- My Gang

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Last.fm listeners of this track - 6,400
No. of plays scrobbled in Last.fm - 41,233
Position in Last 7 Days: 5 / 2,569
Position in Last 6 Months: 35 / 1,470

Date Added: April 29, 2010
Views: 932, Comments: 3, Favourited: 7 times, Ratings: 5

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Views: 1,227, Comments: 4, Favourited: 7 times, Ratings: 9

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  • IanAR

    Thanks Babs - Ace! It also reminds me of Jeff Wayne's "War of the Worlds", esp' [i]The Eve Of The War[/i] & [i]Forever Autumn[/i]. I think, it looses way for a min' after the middle but, the build f the last two min's is my fav'e - We'll hear some good remixes but of this, I'm sure. A welcome return of [i][/i] :) Ian x

    30 juin 2010, 13h16m
  • rwitte

    Firstly, you already know that I welcome the return of your rotw. And what a smashing track it is too! Many Thanks

    1 jui. 2010, 19h37m
  • Babs_05

    Thanks. I was worried I was a bit out of practice. Glad I did ok. :)

    1 jui. 2010, 19h40m
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